Margaret Thatcher

Margaret Thatcher - If predictions proved right, a sweep for conservatives

June 9 , 1987 – Britain Heads To The Polls: Thatcher Looks To A Landslide – U.S. Expels Nicaraguan Diplomats – SALT Talks Resume. –

Margaret Thatcher
Margaret Thatcher – If predictions proved right, a sweep for conservatives.

June 9, 1987 – CBS World News Roundup – Hourly News – Gordon Skene Sound Collection –

June 9, 1987 – Britain was heading to the polls this day and all predictions pointed to a Thatcher landslide and a solidifying of power for the Conservatives.

London’s daily newspapers were declaring 7-2 in favor of Margaret Thatcher. As of election day, Thatcher was still 15-20% ahead of her opponents in the polls. The weather was predicted to be good so that meant voter turnout would be high. Early indicators pointed that Thatcher was getting support even in traditionally Labour strongholds. The Conservatives had to win 326 seats in Parliament for Thatcher to be re-elected as Prime Minister. Most indications were Thatcher would more than double her 1979 majority and will be swept back into office with well over 400 seats.

Closer to home, 20 of the 21 Nicaraguan Diplomats expelled from the U.S. arrived in Managua to a clenched-fist welcome. The Diplomats said they were concerned about the tens of thousands of Nicaraguans living in the U.S. who would now be without counsellor services. They claimed that, since so much commerce was handled by the Consulates, the closure was viewed as an economic sanction against Nicaragua. But mostly they were angered at what they saw as a lack of proportion in Washington’s action. One of the 21 diplomats didn’t join the others, but instead was seeking asylum in the U.S.

And the full team of negotiators from the U.S. and the Soviet Union were meeting in Geneva this morning. The purpose was to resume negotiations over the SALT Treaty after a ten-week recess. This was meeting Number 40 of the current series.

And that’s just a small slice of what happened, this June 9, 1987 as reported by The CBS World News Roundup and 9 a.m. news.

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